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October 18, 2018

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Richard Hatch

On This Day In Newport History: August 23, 2000 – Newport’s Richard Hatch Wins Survivor

Survivor: Borneo, the first season of CBS’s Survivor, hosted its finale on August 23, 2000. After 39 days of competition, Richard Hatch, a corporate trainer from Newport,  was named the Sole Survivor and became Survivor‘s first millionaire. Nielsen reported that 125 million people watched at least some part of the finale. The show was filmed from

Miramar Mansion

This Day In Newport History: August 20, 1915 – Miramar Mansion Inaugurated

On this day in Newport history, Miramar Mansion was inaugurated on August 20th, 1915. Located at 646 Bellevue Avenue, it was intended as a summer home for the George D. Widener family of Philadelphia. George and his son, Harry, Widener lost their lives aboard the RMS Titanic. Eleanor Elkins Widener, George’s widow, who was rescued in a lifeboat

Hurricane Bob

Today In Newport History: August 19, 1991 – Hurricane Bob Makes Landfall Over Newport

Hurricane Bob developed in the central Bahamas on August 16, then steadily intensified and reached hurricane status on the evening of August 17. Bob continued to strengthen during the next 48 hours, as it began an acceleration north-northeastward, paralleling the East Coast. The eye of Hurricane Bob passed over Block Island, Rhode Island at approximately

George Washington

Today In Newport History: August 17, 1790 – George Washington Arrives In Newport

On the morning of August 17th, 1790 George Washington arrived in Newport. He was accompanied by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Governor George Clinton of New York, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Blair of Virginia, and U.S. Congressman William Loughton Smith of South Carolina. The following recount of this historic visit is from the Touro

Today In Newport History: August 11, 1866 – First Roller Skating Rink Opens to The Public in US

James Plimpton, inventor of the modern quad roller skate, and the New York Roller Skating Association (NYRSA) leased the The Atlantic House Hotel in Newport and converted the dining room into a skating area on August 11th, 1866. This was the first roller skating rink open to the public in the United States! Plimpton is accredited with the sport’s

20 Military Memorials, Monuments and Markers you should visit in Newport

These memorials, monuments, and markers throughout Newport, RI document the trials, tribulations, battles, historical events and those Newporter’s lost while at a battle. We hope that this will inspire you to visit an important marker, monument, and memorial that more than likely has been an integral piece of our city and nations history. Editor’s Note: This story

Five Fun Facts About Each of Newport’s Oldest and Most Historic Churches

Published: November 8, 2015. Updated October 28, 2017. If you thought the City of Newport had a long history, you should spend some time reading up on each and every church, congregation, parish and religious meeting place. The triumphs and tribulations of each organization over hundreds of years is beautiful, remarkable and something that we

Newport Street Names

What’s In A Name? The Origin Of Newport Street Names and Landmarks

Photo: Boston Public Library, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center The streets and landmarks of Newport are rich in more than three hundred years of history, triumphs, and tribulations. Look no further than the street names around Newport for a quick history and tip of the hat to some of Newport’s original founders, heroes, and early settlers. By no

First Attested Black Mutual Aid Society in Nation Was Formed in Newport on November 10, 1780

Photo: Peter Bours house (47 Division Street), Location of AUS as early as 1781 On November 10, 1780, the African Union Society (AUS) of Newport, Rhode Island was established. It was the first attested Black Mutual Aid Society. Former slaves, including Newport Gardner and Pompe (Zingo) Stevens, were two of the leaders in creating the AUS. In


Today In Newport History: July 11, 1780 – Rochambeau Arrives In Newport

On July 11, 1780 approximately 5,000 – 6,000 French soldiers commanded by Rochambeau arrived at King Park in Newport, Rhode Island. The code name given by the French government for the plan was “Expédition Particulière” and its mission was to support the American rebel forces against Britain in the American Revolutionary War. In English it was known as